Students experience statistics in action

The quiz winners, ESO staff and Wesleyan Christian Academy teachers.

Students at West Bay’s Wesleyan Christian Academy recently had the opportunity to experience statistics in action.

The 34 high school students took part in the exercise on Monday, Oct. 17, as part of a number of activities marking Statistics Week this year.

According to a press release, during a school visit, Economics and Statistics Office staff, led by Director Maria Zingapan, demonstrated how to conduct a random survey and a quick census to students from Grades 9 to 12. The students also participated in a facts quiz.

ESO Accounts Officer Joyce Christian with statistical officers Ivan McLean and Narnia Ebanks tabulating the survey results.
ESO Accounts Officer Joyce Christian with statistical officers Ivan McLean and Narnia Ebanks tabulating the survey results.

“Following a brief survey of a sample group of seven out of 34 students, for a 20.5 percent sampling, the class got an understanding of how statistics are used through sampling to get a snapshot of the entire group’s views,” the release states.

The ESO team also told the students that the office conducts samplings of the Cayman Islands’ population through its various periodic surveys, such as the Labour Force Survey, to gauge the parameters of the Cayman Islands’ economy.

The release states that statistical officers Ivan McLean and Narnia Ebanks, along with Accounts Officer Joyce Christian, helped to conduct a quiz on the summarized Cayman Islands facts and stats contained in the ESO’s “Cayman at a Glance” brochure, which was distributed to all the students.

Ten students won prizes for answering correctly and all the students got a token gift for taking part in the exercise.

Teachers Robert Livingston, Ladonna Rolle and Daphne Ellis were on hand to facilitate the activities.

“It was more rewarding and certainly exciting to see the enthusiasm and energy with which the students participated in the exercise,” said Ms. Zingapan.

“I hope this has enthused some of our local students to take up careers in economics and statistics as well as understand the importance of statistics in so many aspects of professional lives. I am very pleased at this energetic start of this year’s Statistics Week.”

The week formally began with a church service at Cayman Islands Baptist Church on Sunday. Activities also included another interactive session with students at Clifton Hunter High School, daily sessions ending with a quiz on Radio Cayman’s “Talk Today,” as well as planned community service by ESO staff at the Pines.

 

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